May 26, 2010
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Museum of Discovery and Science - $25 Million Expansion Gets Underway

Museum of Science and DiscoveryThis month, the Museum of Discovery and Science hosts the official groundbreakingof a $25 million expansion.The groundbreaking takes place with a few words from the Museum's president/CEO, Chairman of the Board, Terry Stiles (awarded construction project) and high profile members of the community.

With 450,000 visitors per year, the Museum is the highest-attended in South Florida, a favorite destination for families and a focal point for science education.

Some Expansion Highlights are:

  • Everglades Airboat Trip, a simulated ride through the Everglades with special effects
  • Otters at Play, a spectacular 2-story indoor-outdoor habitat
  • Powerful You Health Exhibit, in partnership with Broward Health
  • The Storm Center, interpreting the impact of hurricanes and climate change
  • Splish Splash Water Bash, interactive water play for young children, highlighting the Florida environment
  • Bank of America Visitor Pavilion, the guest service center
  • JM Family Great Hall of Science, the renovated lobby
  • Stephen A. Keller, Sponsor of the Keller science Theater and Stephen Keller Laboratory Classroom
  • Aviation Station Expansion with MaxFlight simulator made possible by the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust

The expansion has an anticipated completion of Fall 2011.

For further information, please contact Jody A. Ligas, Communications & Promotions Coordinator at 954-713-0904. 

Celebrate Broward Attractions and Museum Moth - BAMM!

This June, unplug from technology and visit

Broward Attractions Month17 local museums, unique attractions and cultural centers for the price of one membership. Broward Attractions and Museums Month (BAMM) offers members of each of the participating cultural institutions in Broward County, Boca Raton and Delray Beach free general admission to all other participating venues during the month of June: JOIN ONE, EXPERIENCE THEM ALL.

Current and new members of these museums and attractions will receive free entry with proof of membership. Special events may not be included. Experience the diverse cultural treasures that Broward County, Boca Raton and Delray Beach have to offer.

Participating institutions include:

  • African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
  • Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
  • ArtServe
  • Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Cornell Museum of Art & American Culture - Old School Square
  • Flamingo Gardens
  • Fort Lauderdale History Center
  • IGFA – Fishing Hall of Fame
  • International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum
  • Historic Stranahan House Museum
  • Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale – Nova Southeastern University
  • Old Davie School Historical Museum
  • Old Dillard Museum
  • Plantation Historical Museum
  • Seminole Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
  • The Children’s Museum Boca Raton

For more information on BAMM, please log on to or call Mary Birch-Hanson at 954.364.5205

Broward Cultural Division Wins 6 National Awards!

2010 Best of Class

Broward County Cultural Division is proud to be the recipient of six awards from the National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) for public information projects that show expertise in communications, including a Best of Classaward for the Museum & Gallery Guide.

The National Association of County Information Officers was formed in 1966. Members of the National Association of County Information Officers strive to create a better understanding of the duties of county government and to improve the communication skills of NACIO members and all other county officials. In order of importance, the awards are given as: Best of Class, Superior, E xcellence and Meritorious.The following is the class and category of the Division’s winning entries:

Museum and Gallery Guide - BEST OF CLASS
Culturally Speaking- Magazine Column - SUPERIOR
Natural Forces Exhibition - Poster - EXCELLENCE
2009 Arts Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony Invitation - EXCELLENCE
Cultural Division Brochure - EXCELLENCE
Natural Forces – Brochure - EXCELLENCE

The Museum and Gallery Guideis a one-piece, high-end booklet listing all the services offered to artists through the Broward Cultural Division; Natural Forcesis a traveling Public Art & Design exhibition that has visited the length and breadth of Broward County—with the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood in the eastern corridor, the Coral Springs Museum of Art in the western corridor and is now currently downtown in the Governmental Center lobby during May and June 2010.

TheArts Teacher of the Year Award is the Cultural Division's annual 'Salute,' to the teachers that make Broward County proud, year after year, by inspiring children to embrace the arts. The Culturally Speakingmagazine column is a monthly contribution that features Broward County cultural organizations and/or Cultural Division programs in the prominent Go Riverwalkmagazine; and the Broward Cultural Division Brochurecaptures the many services and facets of the local arts agency serving Broward County for more than three decades.

Broward County Has Phenomenal Arts Teachers. It's Time To Celebrate!

Julia Perlowski, Hilary Fine & Neil Jenkins

The Broward County Cultural Division is proud to announce Neil Jenkins, music teacher, J.P. Taravella High School, as the 25th annual Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year(ATOY). A ceremony to recognize this award will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 6:00 p.m., at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

It was an exhilarating moment at an arts-inspired event at Barnes & Noble in April, when three finalists for the 2010 Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year stood poised to hear the announcement about which would be the winner. Surrounded by friends, supporters, local artists and customers of the national bookstore, the winning moment was filled with anticipation and honor. The moment was even more memorable in light of the fact, that Neil Jenkins is now the second winner from J.P. Taveralla High School— Susan Anderson, visual arts teacher, J.P. Taravella High School, was the honored winner last year. Photo at left: (L-R) Julia Perlowski, Hilary Fine & Neil Jenkins

The Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year Award was created by the Broward County Cultural Division in 1985 to annually recognize the most outstanding arts teacher in Broward County schools. Teachers, whose primary assignment is in an arts discipline, including dance, drama, music, visual arts and media arts, are eligible to apply or be nominated. In addition to the ceremony and reception at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the winner receives a cash stipend, a scholarship to Nova Southeastern University, a Tiffany crystal apple, an inscribed brick on Riverwalk, and an assortment of gifts from cultural organizations and businesses.

Please RSVP here for the 2010 Broward County Art Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony. For further information, contact Grace Kewl-Durfey at 954-357-7869 or e-mail:

Two More Arts Jobs Saved!

Matthew Steynor and Daniel Copher playing pianoBroward Cultural Division distributed economic recovery funds to 17 arts organizations including Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir, which directly affected two accompanist’s positions -without whom the choir cannot rehearse daily. Photo at left: Matthew Steynor and Daniel Copher

Both Matthew Steynor, accompanist/theory teacher and Daniel Copher, accompanist/music assistant are critical parts of this 34 year long musical enterprise that trains and disciplines young boys as they develop into young men, and sets some of them forth to ivy league college educations through music scholarships at institutions such as Yale, Harvard and Notre Dame. These two accompanist positions were previously slated for elimination due to financial cut backs.

The mission of Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir is to foster the musical knowledge, education and vocal training of its members through performances and community events and to provide the community with a source of pride in the talent and professional achievement of its youth. Most boys moving to the prestigious Concert Choir are afforded the greatest diversity of performance opportunities and musical experiences.

The show simply stops without the accompaniment of Steynor and Copher. All this saved, thanks to a grant, from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Visit for more information on this recovery effort. For the list of grantees, visit the the Broward Cultural Division website at; or contact James Shermer at 954-357-7502.


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